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Kimberly Knight Author Archive

Email: Kimberly.knight@dc.gov  

I am currently a library manager in the District of Columbia. I began my career in public libraries as a Library Assistant at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. After earning my M.L.I.S., I worked in Los Angles , Prince William County and Arlington, VA. I am reading Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

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Libraries Are A Lifeline

Increasingly, libraries are offering programs specifically targeted to the homeless that provide opportunities to talk with library staff, social workers, job counselors, and other social service specialists. Customers who spend the better part of each day with us include a growing number of the homeless, those experiencing mental illness and or substance abuse issues, or those who need help following a variety of personal or family traumas. Many arrive at opening time and spend most of the day reading, using the computers or the WiFi, or simply enjoying a safe place away from the elements.